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By otakuman5000 On 27 May, 2013 At 12:31 PM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Fire Emblem Awakening is a game that you do not want to miss out on. If you own a Nintendo 3DS, then you need to give this game a chance and if you don’t own a Nintendo 3DS… well, this game is reason enough alone to go out and purchase one. If you are new to the Fire Emblem series, don’t worry, you do not need to play the past Fire Emblem games to be able to jump right into this one. The Fire Emblem series has always centered on being strategy based. Think of this game as chess but the “chess pieces” have fancy abilities and in Fire Emblem: Awakening, can develop relationships with each other. In the beginning of the game, you are able to almost completely customize your character. You are ablfireemblem2e to change your characters voice, hair, and other features. This is just the first step where Nintendo traps you into feeling almost attached to the characters. As you play the game (with the character you made) you are able to make choices that affect your entire gameplay. Do you want to add your level 3 Mage to the front lines in the off chance that you might be able to level her? There are plenty of things to think about before making a move in this game.

In Fire Emblem Awakening, if one of your party members dies (unless you are not playing classic mode) they are gone for good. You can’t use magical revive spells or “Phoenix Down” like items… they are ultimately gone for the entire game which also means that party member that the character you made who fought next to you in numerous battles who you also became close to and got know is gone for the entire game. For example, I was really fond of the Pegasus Knight, Sumia., however, she was incredibly weak in the beginning of the game. I took my chances though in hopes that I could sneak in a few levels to get her beefy but unfortunately an archer came along and well…. Goodbye Sumia! Losing a party member would not be so bad but developing relationships and friendships in Fire Emblem: Awakening is what makes the game so great. Before my Sumia died, my main character had just gained relationship B with her. I witnessed a heartwarming cut scene involving her and my character. Besides growing slightly attached to Sumia, I had also developed better attack strategies involving her and my character. In Fire Emblem Awakening, when a character gains a relationship rank (C, B, A, or S) it also benefits the characters in battle. When they are next to each other on the battlefield, the chance increases that the character will defend their friend or attack right after.  This battle system in the game is fairly easy to get used to and it also gives the player more incentive to spend time pairing characters in battle to witness fun cut scenes or just get their characters in a quirky romance.
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Besides the fun battle system, Fire Emblem Awakening features a neat class system. Almost all of your characters will start out as either a first class or even a secondary class if you obtain a new party member towards the end of the game. Obtaining a certain level like level ten for instance grants you the ability to change your class (if you are still using a primary class) to a secondary or master class. For example, everyone starts out with Chrom who is initially a “Lord” class. When he obtains level ten with the use of a “master seal”, you will be able to change Chrom’s class to a “Great Lord” which not only boosts party member’s stats but in Fire Emblem Awakening, it also adds the ability to use an extra weapon that could not be used as a “Lord” class. Besides being able to change party member’s to their “ultimate class”, with an item called a “secondary seal” players can also change their character’s class to another primary class completely. For instance, Panne is a Taguel that uses a Beaststone. Taguels cannot be promoted to a master class, however, if the player wants to change Panne to a different class then it can be done with a “secondary seal”. Panne can then change from a Taguel to a Mage or an Archer. Weapons in the Fire Emblem Awakening are just as customizable as your party mechanics. With the ability to customize stats on most weapons, your options are endless in this game to play as you want with the party and weapfireemblem4ons that you want.

The gameplay in Fire Emblem Awakening was very satisfying. Nintendo continues to pump out very cheap downloadable content maps for the game so even if you finish the main story, you can still play additional maps ranging from $2.50 to $5.00. If you do not want to dish out any extra money then you can challenge yourself after finishing the game by restarting the game on a harder difficulty. The story is touching and focuses a lot of friendship and teamwork as you learn from using the battle system.

Visually this game is absolutely gorgeous and it was completely meant to be played in 3D. I switched back and forth between 3D and no 3D and found myself wanting to experience the game more in 3D. The music was also very catchy. This game is very aesthetically pleasing and it really proves that the 3D on the 3DS is not a gimmick but incorporates the player into the world of Fire Emblem Awakening.

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Fire Emblem Awakening is truly a game that you donot want to miss out on. If you are fond of role-playing games, games that involve strategy, or want to play a game that looks perfect in 3D then this is the game for you. With beautiful graphics, music, and fantastic characters that you will fall in love with, this game was a wonderful experience and I can honestly say it is the best Nintendo 3DS game I have played thus far.

By otakuman5000 On 15 Feb, 2013 At 05:26 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Love is in the air especially for Nintendo lovers! Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct conference this Valentine ’s Day morning and covered some big titles and news coming this year for both the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Satoru Iwata appeared in Luigi’s iconic hat letting us know that 2013 was the “year of Luigi”. Iwata introduced Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda and Mario series, who went into great detail about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon including several multi-player modes. These multi-player modes will be playable via wireless play, online play, and local play. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will launch on March 24th in North America exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Next up, Iwata briefly discusses Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. This is a new installment in the Mario and Luigi role-playing series. Players will be able to interact with Luigi’s face while he is sleeping to solve puzzles and complete levels. Mario and Luigi: Dream Team will be exclusively released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America this summer.

Continuing on with the Luigi love, Iwata announces that downloadable content will be available for New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, New Super Luigi U. This downloadable content will feature none other than Luigi himself. Over 80 alternate stages will be unlocked which will provide a whole new level of gameplay and challenge. New Super Luigi U will be available for purchase as a single download in the eShop this year.

Luigi and the Mushroom Kingdom gang will once again be playing golf in Mario Golf: World Tour. Those familiar with golf will enjoy this title especially. Mario Golf: World Tour will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in the summer.

Bill Trinen of Nintendo of America’s Treehouse division discussed Fire Emblem: Awakening downloadable content. Two new maps are now available to purchase at the Outrealm Gate on the world map. For $2.50, the Champions of Yore 3 lets players battle against memorable characters such as Marth, Roy, and Ike. Those who have already purchased the Champions of Yore map pack can now access this new map to earn a new playable character named Michaiah and a special skill that will increase all of a character’s stats by two points. The Golden Gaffe map is now available for $2.50. In this map, you will be pitted against wealthy enemies which will be a great way to earn money within the game. The Champons of Yore 1 map is available as a free download through March 6th.

Next up, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is discussed and there is finally an official release date for the game in the US. In New Leaf, you come into town not as a resident but as mayor so goodbye Tom Nook! New features in the game include swimming and full customization of your town including the outside of your home. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on June 9th in North America.

On the topic of Animal Crossing, Style Saavy: TrendSetters will have new styles and fashions inspired by Animal Crossing. If you are interested in trying out the game a demo is available on the eShop.

Lego City Undercover is briefly discussed which will be released on March 18th for the Wii U. In addition, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins takes place in the Lego City universe but the story is set two years before Lego City Undercover. This game will be released on the Nintendo 3DS and will be released on April 21st in North America.

If you loved the previous Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge downloadable content then get ready for more coming later this month which will feature different costumes and new ninja trial missions. This DLC will be free to everyone that already owns the game.

Moving on to some information about Miiverse on the Wii U, developers decided to create a Legend of Zelda community for users on Miiverse to discuss their love of the series. This will be available today.
Besides the new Legend of Zelda community, Wii Street U which is powered by Google is now free today to download for a limited time via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. This application utilizes Google maps and allows users to get a 360-degree view of locations around the world using the Wii U GamePad.

Some downloadable games are coming to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS which include HarmoKnight, a game developed by the makers of the Pokemon games, Gamefreak. In HarmoKnight, actions like jumping and attacking create the harmonies of the music. Music notes will need to be collected to defeat enemies, complete levels, and unlock different modes to play. A HarmoKnight demo will be released on March 14th followed by the full game release on March 28th. More downloadable games include Kersploosh! which will be available March 7th, Dylan’s Rolling Adventure: The Last Ranger available April 11th, and Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the move which will be coming soon.

Two classic Gameboy Color games from Natsume, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King, will be released in the coming months on the Virtual Console via Nintendo 3DS.

To continue the Nintendo 3DS eShop discussion, Nintendo 3DS owners can now buy and download select games from the Nintendo eShop at a discounted price for a limited time. These include BIT.TRIP SAGA from Aksys Games; Crashmo, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword and Ketzal’s Corridors from Nintendo; Fractured Soul from Endgame Studios; and Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid. One game will be available at the reduced price each week.

For those that do not own a Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo will be running a special promotion. Anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five games for free from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!

On February 28th, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS. The full game will be released on March 5th.

Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19th. A Wii U player can connect with up to three Nintendo 3DS players to create a hunting party. Players can utilize the game on Wii U and then transfer their data to the Nintendo 3DS to continue playing. A demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop on both platforms on February 21st.

A large roundup of third-party games will be coming to the Wii U including Need for Speed Most Wanted U from EA, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Activision, Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros, Toki Tori 2 from Two Tribes, Zen Pinball 2 from Zen Studios, and BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm from Gaijin Games. These games will be available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop via Wii U system from February to April.

The much talked about Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive is coming to Wii U, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS this summer. Players will be able to use real-world interactive figures to activate original adventures in the game worlds.

Reggie Fil-Aims wraps the conference up by announcing Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D which will be released on the Nintendo 3DS. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will launch this summer but a 3D video on the game will be available today in the Nintendo eShop channel on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo has plenty of new plans and ideas to keep Nintendo fans, like myself, very happy with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. I will be picking up many of these titles at release.

Source: Nintendo Direct